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Supercar Smackdown, Courtesy of Best Motoring

Posted in Cool Stuff, Corvette, Ferrari, Lexus, Nissan GT-R, Porsche, Top of the Heap, Track Events, Videos by Kurt Ernst | May 20th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

If you’re a fan of Best Motoring, you probably know that the popular automotive video series has been cancelled, the victim of declining revenues. What better way to end your run that to go out with a supercar smackdown, pitting the Lexus LFA against the Nissan GT-R, the Corvette ZR-1, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Ferrari F430 F1 RSD? While all of the cars are street legal, the Ferrari and the Porsche are definitely intended more for track days than for rush hour commutes. Best Motoring opted to use Fuji Speedway for the battle, and kicked it off with an F1-style standing start. Which car is fastest over three laps? Who leads going into turn one? Can the fastest road-going Porsche ever built hold its own against Japan’s finest? Watch the video below for answers.

There were really two on-track battles: the first was between the LFA, the GT-R and the GT2 RS, while the second was between the ZR-1 and the F430 F1. Mix up the drivers in the first group, and I’m not sure you’d get the same result; in fact, I think it’s safe to say that it could be anyone’s race. It’s also amusing to hear what phrases are the same in both Japanese and English, and you can clearly hear “three wide in the braking zone”, “American power” and “missed shift” if you listen closely enough.

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  1. Mark Smith says:

    Man, the driver of the Porsche just SUCKED. Missed shifts and it looked like he was paranoid taking any kind of speed into the corners. I agree that if you change the drivers around, you very well could have gotten different results. The way the Porsche went around the Lexus on that last lap made me think that he could have been up with, or in front of, the Nissan.

    Some interesting notes though. First, they started the Porsche at the rear. Would it have mattered if it had been further up in the grid?

    The Launch Control in that Nissan was AWESOME! That was an incredible start.

    All 3 of the cars in the front pack showed pretty impressive handling. The two in the back pack looked a bit more “exciting” in the corners.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Mark, after having spent a week in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, I’m not sure it was the driver. Porsche gearboxes can be temperamental and notchy, making smooth and precise shifts difficult without a significant amount of seat time in the particular car. One of the most popular options for the GT3 RS is a sequential shift kit, and there’s good reasons for that.

  2. crispy says:

    Was it just me? I didn’t understand a word those guys were saying…